Rafia is the executive director of The Womanity Foundation. She has over 12 years of experience in the field of social and economic development, working both in the private and public sectors. Most recently, Rafia was with Gatsby Africa, the Africa programmes division of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, where she managed the strategic review process of the foundation and led the development of a new practice focusing on portfolio impact and learning.
Prior to Gatsby, Rafia was at J.P. Morgan for six years, where she oversaw the JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s social investment programme in emerging markets, and supported the development of the foundation’s broader strategic and operational development in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During her time at J.P. Morgan, Rafia expanded the foundation’s footprint in the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa, designing its largest investments in these regions and garnering their support by private and public sector players. Previously, Rafia spent two years working with an international development consulting firm focusing on USAID and DFID-funded private sector development programmes in South Asia. Her career started in the venture capital space, working for Dow Jones venture capital research, and a start-up venture capital firm in London.